Forest Oaks Golf Club is an older course located on Lake Worth Rd. I believe this is a hidden gem that most golfers ignore. I discovered it recently and I really like the tighter and narrow fairways. While I rate the undulating greens a 5/10, they are smaller and challenging. I also enjoy the dog legs and the extra par 3 holes which I recommend playing from the tips. If you decide to play a round, be warned that some tee boxes are under repair.
I recommend calling in the morning for a same day afternoon tee-time. If you tell them Coach Glen Beaver suggested you play a round you will receive a reduced rate. Juniors can play for $10.
During the "stay-at-home" order, I posted a couple drills that you could do without a golf ball. Now that the golf course and practice facilities are open it seems the lure of the driving range and smashing balls is more exciting. I'm not saying don't go to the range at all, it just can't be your only practice.
Recently one of my student's shared an article that was posted in Golf Digest back in February 2012 by Managing Editor Roger Shiffman that echoed the benefits of practicing your swing without a ball. It is great read.
When it was confirmed that the new management at Okeeheelee and Park Ridge Golf Courses would not be inviting me back to teach, I had to get creative in how to provide lessons. My junior students became especially anxious when the PGA South Florida Section Junior Golf tournament schedule was announced.
Of course, the real discipline happens after they leave the lesson. Do they practice at home with the same focus and attention? Do they approach the golf course with the same awareness of how their preparation impacts the outcome? Only time will tell but I am honored to be along for their golf journey.
Playing golf is fun, challenging, frustrating and even rewarding at times. Golfers get to be outside in nature but rarely stop to think about how that course got to be so beautiful.
Did you know that there are special scientists involved in the selection of the turf grass and organic matter? Did you know that there is a science behind the capture and reuse of water for the courses? Why are meteorologists important to the game? The videos below that were created by the USGA and NBC offer a behind the scenes look at golf course management:
Most beginner golfers start off with lessons to physically play but do not realize that they may need a lesson in how to keep score and keep pace while playing. The following videos that were created by the USGA and NBC provide some great insights into scoring, the course set up and pace of play. These are especially for helpful to parents of junior golfers who may not understand the game yet. Enjoy!!
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